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Unions say a firm making over two hundred cable workers redundant has

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It's emerged AEI Cables of Birtley wants to use a legal procedure

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The Company Voluntary Arrangement would mean taxpayers

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But as our News Correspondent Mark Denten reports,

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After over 170 years of producing cables for everyone

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from the Royal Navy to Manchester Airport,

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the vast majority of AEI Cables workers here, nearly 200 people,

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will be out of a job by the end of this week.

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Most of the rest will follow in March.

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Over 120 workers at AEI Cables had turned up for work and found

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One of the sacked workers, Bill Doyle, summed up the mood.

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Nobody can explain to them from the company why or how

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they have been finished or the criteria used.

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Back then, AEI used a legal process to

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dismiss those workers, but one which meant

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fraction of their redundancy payments, money which ended up

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Six years on and AEI wants to do the same thing.

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It's called a Company Voluntary Arrangement.

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It's used where a company is in financial difficulties

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and is an agreement between a company and its creditors

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But the redundancy letter to staff at AEI Cables obtained by Look North

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confirms AEI Cables wants to follow the same process again.

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a CVA because of the significant losses which it continues to incur.

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In circumstances where a CVA is proposed, employers made

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redundant as part of the CVA process are directed to the Redundancy

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Payments Office to make a claim for statutory redundancy pay."

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The arrangement was put there in able for the government to help

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people out, it was made in the teeth of the recession.

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This company are using this as a ruse to get out of

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How in God's name can we have the same thing

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happening all over again, the same procedures and methods of getting

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For Bill Doyle, it's all bringing back bad memories.

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After he lost his job, he fought a four-year legal

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battle with AEI Cables to try to get his

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Six years ago we'd tried to go to Parliament,

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Now what we have is exactly the same again, because companies are just

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Well, earlier I spoke to our News Correspondent Mark Denten

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and asked him what AEI Cables is saying about the

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They did not want to be interviewed but they said they are certainly not

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They have issued a new statement tonight.

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They say the reason they have gone down this

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company voluntary arrangement route is that it is flexible and allows

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That will be confirmed at a creditors' meeting which we don't

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have a date for but the bulk of those workers, going on to 200, will

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be out of a job at the end of this week, so it raises the question

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One other detail from the letter to staff is

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that there were actually two offers for the factory and the company says

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neither was suitable and they can't give details because they are

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Cumbria Police want to speak to four boys after a 15-year-old girl

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reported she'd been raped in West Cumbria.

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The attack is said to have happened at around 7.30pm last

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night on a grassed area near the Cloffocks car

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Hundreds of people gathered in the Lake District to mark

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the 50th anniversary of the death of Donald Campbell.

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Mr Campbell died when his jet powered boat Bluebird crashed

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as he tried to break the world water speed record on Coniston water.

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NEWSREEL: It was soon after dawn that Bluebird was got ready

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There was little wind, the water was smooth.

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The evening before, Donald Campbell drew the ace and queen of spades.

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The deadly shadow of remorseless fate.

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The shadows of daybreak that day on Coniston may

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have been portentous, as Bluebird soared and then

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Donald Campbell's instant death was to trigger an endless tale

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This morning his daughter sailed to that very spot and dropped

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I know it's 50 years and we use these anniversaries as a milestone,

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but every year I'm reminded, every day I'm reminded

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about what a great man my father was, and why me?

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Why am I so lucky to be his daughter?

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Over time the names Coniston and Campbell have become

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For a long time I think the village people were reluctant to sort

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of make anything of it because they felt that they didn't

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want to sort of impinge on what was a tragedy.

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We're actually keeping the name and the legacy alive and I'm sure

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The landscape here at Coniston remains pretty much unchanged

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from that day back in 1967, and so it seems does the memory

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of Donald Campbell too, and the stories that have

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Perhaps that's why so many were here today to continue

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First, a moment of solemnity at the memorial in the middle

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It is a measure of the man that I know as we're all gathered

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here today to pay our respects to him and preserve his legacy

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that he would wish us to remember all those brave and courageous men

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and women who went before him and have followed since.

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What he did he did for Britain and for his own achievement,

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but he also did it to prove to the wider world what could be

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done, what man can do, and what here we can in England

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provide the best engineering and the fastest boats

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and the fastest cars and the best aeroplanes, so he

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NEWSREEL: This epic age, which soon will know man's

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conquest of the moon, must count its losses, too.

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Great Britain mourns the loss of a great man, Donald Campbell.

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Now, if you're worried, anxious or upset who do you talk to?

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A friend, family member or maybe your doctor?

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A partnership between Cumbrian GPs and local vicars is giving

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The Listening Ear project offers people the chance

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to share their worries in confidence, while

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freeing up much-needed doctors' appointments.

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face in the Eden Valley, relied upon by her parishioners

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for advice and guidance - she also has another role in this

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small rural community, one where she simply listens.

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Listening Ear is listening to somebody, giving them time for them

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to tell you or talk to you about something

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that's on their mind, whatever that might be, doesn't

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People in need of a confidential chat - whether church-goers or not -

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can be referred to Sarah by the local GPs.

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The surgery here has half the doctors it had five years ago,

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Sometimes people just need somebody to talk to,

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they don't necessarily need more expert input from the

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mental health service or the other counselling services available.

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As GPs we are incredibly pressurised the Times

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service that we used to offer and now Sarah is able to offer that.

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If Sarah feels a patient needs medical advice she immediately

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It took the Temple Sowerby team around seven years to get this

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scheme safely up and running but now the project is expanding

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There are now 12 Listening Ear volunteers in Cumbria,

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each playing a small part in easing NHS pressures, as well as curing

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the isolation that's often found in this rural landscape.

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Now - you may not have felt it, but there was an earthquake

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off the North Yorkshire coast last night.

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It was detected 100 miles to the east of Scarborough

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The British Geological Survey said it had a magnitude of 3.8.

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Time for the weather now, and also time for the winter

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Yes, a proper frosty night ahead. Yes, overnight tonight, a widespread

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frost under clear skies. One or two showers still affecting North

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Yorkshire and the coast. That is where the main ice risk is.

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Temperatures down as low as minus Temperatures down as low as minus

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three Celsius. We could easily see minus five Celsius. So a bitterly

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cold start tomorrow. A widespread frost early on. After that, a fine,

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dry and largely sunny day. We will also see something, high cloud

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coming from the west later on. Most places set for a fine winter's.

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Temperatures struggle after that frosty start. Five Celsius if you

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are very lucky. But the winds will stay very light tomorrow. We are

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under high pressure at the minute. That is what is allowing that frosty

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night. It will be sent out of the way tomorrow by this frontal system

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before high pressure starts to build again on Friday as we head into the

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weekend. So for a Friday, it is all change. More cloud, outbreaks of

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rain. Some of that rain heavily for a time, especially in the West. Much

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milder as well. Temperatures should reach double figures. 10 Celsius.

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The weekend stays mostly dry. A lot of cloud around, especially in the

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West. Maybe the odd spot of rain, but generally dry. Cloud becoming

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more broken by Sunday. We have the national forecast

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